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Eliminating Student Loans Outside of Bankruptcy

Are student loans dischargeable in bankruptcy?  The answer is generally, no.  Student loans can only be discharged if you can show that repaying the loan would cause an “undue hardship”.  Although paying student loans is a hardship for almost everyone, the standard established by the bankruptcy courts is very difficult to meet.  The Debtor must show […]

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Elizabeth Warren measure would forbid employers from looking at job applicant’s credit history – Noah Bierman, Boston Globe

  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren announced today that she will introduce a measure to forbid employers from requiring credit histories on job applicants. The Massachusetts Democrat’s measure has support from dozens of liberal consumer groups, who argue that credit history is a poor measure of character and discriminates against the economically disadvantaged. But it […]

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Should I Wait to File Bankruptcy After the Holidays?

December tends to be the slowest month of the year for bankruptcy attorneys.  Most bankruptcy candidates want to focus on their family and friends during this time of year, not their financial woes.  Others simply cannot carve out any time to see an attorney during the hectic holiday season.  Some, however, believe that they should […]

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How Will the Government Shutdown Affect My Bankruptcy?

As we are entering the second week of the government shutdown, we seem to have more questions than answers regarding the impact of the shutdown on the bankruptcy Courts, those involved in active bankruptcy cases, and potential filers.  Since the Department of Justice falls under the wing of the “non-essential” government departments, there is reason […]

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Economy is Turning Around?!?!?

It seems like every night I hear political pundits tell me that the economy is turning around.  Every day, however, I meet with clients who feel that it must have been a sharp turn that missed them entirely.  A recent report from Sentier Research has shown that maybe the economy has not rebounded as many […]

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Should I Reaffirm My Secured Debt – Matthew C. Swanson, Esq

One of the more common questions I get from clients is whether or not they should reaffirm their debt.  My answer in almost every case is absolutely not.   What is a Reaffirmation Agreement? A reaffirmation agreement is a contract that obligates a person to pay all or a portion of debt that would otherwise […]

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Mass. mortgage borrowers eligible for payments – Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The state attorney general’s office has announced that claim forms are being sent to Massachusetts residents who lost their homes to foreclosure and who may be eligible for payment under the $25 billion national mortgage settlement. Massachusetts borrowers are eligible for about $14.6 million in cash payments. The settlement, which took effect […]

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